When teachers Sophie and Rob, had their first child in 2012, it ear marked a gear change for them in more ways than one. Not only did they now have to juggle family life around teaching, but for Rob, it prompted him to put some ideas into practice. As a secondary school art teacher and with a love of social history, he had often enjoyed teaching his students graffiti lessons. Not just the practice of it – but part of Bristol’s rich social history. Now was the time, to put those ideas into practice and start teaching them as workshops outside of school.
In September 2012, Graft was born – workshops for budding graffiti artists up to Granny and Grandad grafters. From age 8 upwards – if you’ve got an occasion, or just want to try something different, Graft have got it covered.
Workshops are held in The Island, the former Bridewell Street Police Station. It’s an irony appreciated by both Rob & Sophie, that their students are being taught graffiti, in cells former artists had probably been locked up in! Typically workshops last 3 hours, beginning with a mini tour of some of the graffiti around Bristol, before getting hands on and participants having a go themselves. They start with practicing their tag, before trying spray cans on boards, then finally having a go on walls. There’s a lot of white washing involved when it comes to prepping the classes!